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How To Organize My Father’s World Kindergarten Curriculum 

Wondering how you are going to organize all of those student sheets that comes with My Father's World Kindergarten curriculum? And how do you make everything durable so it lasts for more than one child? It's easier than you think, let me show you how!

 

School is just around the corner! Where has the summer gone? I feel like it just arrived here in Upstate New York so I’m not quite ready for fall to return.

Many of us homeschooling moms are organizing our curriculum and starting our lesson plans for the year.

We chose My Father’s World for our curriculum. We enjoyed it so much last year for preschool that I can not wait to jump in for Kindergarten!

Since this isn’t a workbook style curriculum, many moms need to figure out an easy and manageable way to organize everything.

Items in MFW Kindergarten package that need to be organized:

  • Student sheets
  • Bingo game pieces
  • Alphabet Game pieces
  • Short Vowel song cards
  • Character lesson cards
  • Student badges
  • Cuisenaire Alphabet Workbook

MFW has 27 units for the school year. Each unit is then broken up into 6 days. The student sheets are all loose leaf 8×11 sheets of paper that need a home for the school year. I didn’t want to test fate and have all of these sheets crash to the floor after I rushed to grab a sheet!

I decided on storing each unit in its own file folder. I also laminated and cut out all of the character lesson cards and each units badge craft template. So now all of the items that I need for each unit are all together in one folder and won’t require much prep work during the year. Planning and organizing are the keys for a well-run school year! 

 

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My next challenge was finding the perfect sized solution for storing the file folders. I didn’t want something too large and clunky because it was only 27 folders and I didn’t want something hideous either. I love to decorate my home wherever I can! I ended up seeing the 31 Gifts Fold N’ File online and knew that that was the perfect solution! The size is just right for the folders and it doesn’t take up a lot of space. Plus, they come in fun fabric choices! Score! I’m so thankful for my mother in law for purchasing those for our school room!

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Its the perfect size!

You can see how everything fits just right. I love that it has the pockets on the front. They’re the perfect size for the short vowel song cards, ABC, and Bingo game pieces. All of which I laminated to make more durable so they last throughout the school year! I would highly recommend a laminator for every homeschooling family! I’ve used it over and over again to make things last longer, most of my preschool stuff was laminated and I can reuse it again this year for our next little guy in preschool.

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Next up, I knew in order to be on top of being prepared for each day’s lesson that I needed the sheets to be even more accessible each day. With 3 little ones, I want to have things running smoothly as much as possible because I’m sure the littles will cause enough hiccups during our day! So I opted to get this desk filing sorter that I can sort each unit’s daily sheets on. This way, every day when it’s time for him to do his worksheet, I can just grab it quickly.

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At the start of each unit, I simply grab the file folder for the week from the Fold N’ File and separate each day’s sheets in the corresponding shelf. Then I add any books or supplementary activities that go along with each day. Such as the badges that he will make for each unit and the character lesson cards that will be taught and then displayed on a bulletin board.

It is important to remember that each unit is 6 days when purchasing a file system. Most work and school weeks are only 5 days long, so the standard is 5 shelves. But you can find 6-day ones. This one is perfect and easy to set up!

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Finally, we have the Cuisenaire Alphabet workbook. This is an item that will get a lot of wear and tear during the school year. Unfortunately, it does not come with your next student sheets that you purchase for your other children when they’re in kindergarten. So making it last was a big deal for this frugal mama. It’ll save you money in the long run!

I decided on tearing out all of the pages and putting them into plastic sheet protectors and then placing them in a 3-ring binder. I actually think it’ll make the activities easier to complete because the pages will open up more without the book binding getting in the way. Now all three of my children can get used out of this workbook!

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There ya have it! How I organized our My Father’s World Kindergarten curriculum! I’m hoping all the effort up front will make a smooth school year! Now, I can focus my attention on all the fun activities we are going to do and share with you! 

 

Your turn! What organization tips do you have for a smooth running school year? I’d love to hear as we are just starting out or journey! 

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17 Comments

  • Reply
    Dan
    August 5, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    Really appreciate all the hard work you did to get ready for school this year babe.

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    Rebekah
    August 5, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    We are using mfw also. My faughter cant wait to start Kindergarten. I love their curriculim. You have some great ideas that I am going to implement! Thanks! Linking up with you at ranr link up:)

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      Anastasia Safee
      August 6, 2015 at 12:46 pm

      My son can not wait to start either! He’s so excited about the ant hill! 🙂

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    Eva @ Kidminds
    September 2, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    I love reading curriculum reviews. I always learn something new. And I’m not the only one. I know my readers do too. I wonder, if you have time to add your blog to this Homeschooling Blogs Directory.
    http://www.kidminds.org/p/top-homeschool-blogs-directory.html

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      Anastasia Safee
      September 3, 2015 at 1:42 am

      Thanks for stopping by, Eva! I would love to add my blog, thanks for the invitation! I love reading and learning about what others have used and what they thought of it as well. Have a great night!

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    sh
    November 27, 2015 at 10:26 am

    I absolutely love MFW and plan to use the preschool and first grade next year! Great idea for the cussinaire rods book!

    • Reply
      Anastasia Safee
      November 27, 2015 at 3:30 pm

      They do such a great job at making learning fun!

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    Kelli
    May 28, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    Excellent resource for MFW organization and planning! Thank you for sharing. 🙂

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    Jessica Verner
    July 18, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    I received this curriculum from a friend but, it did not come with the alphabet game cards. Could you please explain what these are and how you play the game? I have not been able to find any information on this. Thank you in advance!

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      Anastasia Safee
      July 18, 2016 at 10:15 pm

      The ABC cards are all the capital and lowercase letters printed on cardstock. There are a few games you can play (I believe they are listed in the teacher’s manual). One is the ABC bingo. You use the cards along with the bingo boards to play that one – there are 3 levels, one is easy and the last is a harder board. Then you can play memory and matching with the cards as well. I didn’t use them very much but my kids loved when we did. I actually have a second set I won’t be using, I would love to send them to you if you want them. Otherwise, I just plan on throwing them and the bingo boards away. Feel free to send me an email via the contact tab if you want me to send them to you. 🙂

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    Kayla
    August 5, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    Love this! I know someone who has been selling 31 products for a while and I’ve always wanted to support them… so this seems like a good opportunity. 😉 Did you buy the folders separate – are they just standard size for a file cabinet? So excited to start our MFW kindergarten year and get this organized. Great post!

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      Anastasia Safee
      August 7, 2016 at 3:32 pm

      I did buy the file folders separately, the standard size fits perfectly!

      You are going to love Kindergarten! We had so much fun last year, we were sad to see it end. But we get to do it again this year with our second son!

      Let me know if you have any other questions. 🙂

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    Sarah
    September 26, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    Hi! Would this system work for older grades as well or is it pretty specific to Kindergarten? Thanks!

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      Anastasia Safee
      October 4, 2017 at 2:45 pm

      Yes, it does! I have actually used the same method from Kindergarten through Second grade. 🙂

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